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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrels.
A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body. After its initial release in January 2010, our Imperial Stout was aged for a full year in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints vanilla and oak. This, combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for a smooth, wonderful taste experience. A hearty cellar beer. Very Limited Availability - 22oz Bottles and Draught. Black Gold was named one of "the best" barrel aged beers in the US by Men’s Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival® in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

Note: In 2011 went from 10.5% to 11.4%.
2013 - 9.6% ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Side by side with the Top Sail Imperial Porter (Bourbon). This is the better of the two--the bourbon is softer and the alcohol finishes it nicely. It is hotter than maybe it should be, but it propels this beer in a good way, too. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Draught at wob. Initial sip is smooth, milk chocolate, and heavy roasted malt. Vanilla is big in middle and it blends into caramel in the finish. Very well masked abv, but def has a warming effect. Not overpowering with bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Pitch black with minimal head. Big bourbon and chocolate scent on the nose, pretty great. Taste is bourbon, dark malt, on the thin side and the bourbon dominates. Taste doesn’t stack up to the aroma but pretty decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Midnight black pour with thin brown head. Strong corn-y bourbon scent, tootsie roll chocolate and carmel too. Low carbonation, watery mouthfeel and clean finish. Sweet chocolate and more bourbon in the flavor, smokey bitter taste on finish. Flavors are good but disconnected and the bourbon-ness is on the harsh side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2014
Draught at The Bier Stein. Boozy chocolate, fumes, thick dark fruit. Pitch black, good lace. Bourbon notes right away / light prunes and smooth cocoa. Medium-heavy body. Very tasty, but too young. Body is a bit thin for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (998) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2013 vintage bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is sweet sweet bourbon, vanilla as well. The taste is disappointing compared to the aroma. Not bad, a little thin. The bourbon is not as present as I would like. More roastiness and oak in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
22 oz bomber, room temp. Poured black with dark brown head. Taste is on the bitter, almost woody side. Hints of chocolate and stone fruit. A thin body with a dry finish. I was a bit disappointed with this one, previous years have been better. Barely anything from the bourbon aging except the wood.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (179) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bomber from world beers. Pours opaque black, thin tan head. Scent of chocolate, bourbon and some booze. Taste is very bourbony. Strong alcohol as well. Probably should’ve given this one another 3 or 4 months. Still tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
22 oz bottle @ home, 2013 issue. Black color. Beige head, with short retention. Aroma’s are beautiful, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some malty sweetness and hints of chocolate. The flavor falls behind, a bit bourbon, only ever so slightly sweet, hints of woody & alcoholic sourness - these flavors linger, but there’s no new flavors in the finish. Body is rather thin. Perhaps a year in bourbon barrels is a bit too long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled Feb 2011 A: black with little head production. There was a substantial amount of rust around cap (probably from the tin wrapper on the top). No lace. Near mirror surface. S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet and dark malts with some cream tones I relate to a cuvee that has sat on lees for a long time. T: Follows the nose and adds some nice depth with hints of dark stone fruits and some bakers cocoa. Really nice. M: Viscous and low carb, semi dry finish. O: Really showing well right now. Wouldn’t hesitate to grab a few more of these. Full Sail is not my favorite brewery, but when they are on, they are spot on. Serving type: bottle 12-01-2011

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